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The Fuzzy Future Of Identity Management
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pallavkaushish
pallavkaushish,
User Rank: Apprentice
1/2/2014 | 6:49:16 AM
Solution is already present
"the downside is that now only a user name and password combination stands between an attacker and company information" - If a Single Sign-On system is integrated with Identity & Access Management system then employees don't even need to know the login credentials of any cloud service which enusres that employees won't lose the login credentials and only the administrator has the complete control of granting and revoking access.

Two factor authentication mostly suffices and increases the security of any system however there is always an option of integrating multi-factor authentication without hampering the user experience. For example, we at SmartSignin has added an image based authentication which protects against phishing attacks as well. It is not uncommon and is used by other companies like Quora.

However, the serious concern comes when the companies do not follow a good key management practice. Most companies stores the encryption keys on the server itself which is a serious threat if a hacker breaches the server (becoming very common these days).

So I would disagree that Identity & Access Management domain has a fuzzy future. It is going to be a huge market in the near future but the underlying concern will always be about the security of the system itself.
ChrisMurphy
ChrisMurphy,
User Rank: Strategist
12/10/2013 | 6:49:38 PM
Stand firm
There's some very concrete advice here: you're going to have to enforce passwords on mobile devices, even though employees don't like them. No password protection, no BYOD. 


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